Granting wishes: Anupreet Sidhu has been involved in Mariner High School leadership since her freshman year. She organizes a school-wide drive to collect holiday gifts for families in need through the Giving Wishes program at Endeavour Elementary School. Anupreet pairs willing classes with wish lists from poor families.
Can do: Through the National Honor Society, she organized a canned food drive that netted 7,000 cans. The previous year, Mariner students donated fewer than 1,000 cans.
Word search: Anupreet volunteers at the Silver Lake nursing home where her father works in the dietary department. She spends Sunday afternoons doing crossword puzzles and word searches with residents.
From the elderly, she’s developed an intimate sense of history. “For them it’s more personal. There are people who have been through World War II. It’s really cool to hear their insights.”
Admirable solitude: Henry David Thoreau is Anupreet’s role model. The late author, philosopher and naturalist spent two years living alone in a cabin he built on Walden Pond. Anupreet admires Thoreau’s individuality and his unwillingness to conform.
Literary encounter: If Anupreet could meet anyone, she’d pick Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the late J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye.” “I think he’s an admirable person because he’s different. He questions things.”
Off camera: This fall, Anupreet hopes to study journalism and business at either the University of Washington or the University of Oregon. She’d love to report off camera for a broadcast station, or do something combining business and writing.
College credit: So far, Anupreet has taken four advanced placement college-level courses: government, U.S. history and two English classes.
Different faces: Anupreet has lived in Everett all her life and attended Mariner throughout high school. “My parents wanted me to go to another school. I was real happy I came here because it’s very diverse. There are different interests that identify with me. It’s a different type of environment.”
Big kick: Soccer and tennis are Anupreet’s favorite sports. She used to play both for Mariner and on recreational league teams.
Globe trotting: Anupreet has visited Europe and India with her family. She especially enjoyed Europe and hopes to study abroad in college.